Support for small businesses as SA on track
Positive news today from the Premier Steven Marshall with confirmation South Australia is on track to further ease restrictions next week.
Mr Marshall, along with Chief Medical Officer Professor Nicola Spurrier, is confident that SA has “stared down the second wave” and that – due to the high level of compliance and support of all South Australians – we can look forward to Tuesday, 1 December as our next significant date to return to COVID-normal business.
One new case (not associated with the Parafield cluster) was confirmed today, taking the state’s active number of cases to 39 – importantly with no community transmissions. This is significant because it means all of the active cases can be linked back to a source, and that the spread of the virus is being contained.
It’s also good news for the likely reopening of the Victorian borders next week. We heard today that Queensland is also opening its borders to NSW on 1 December, so it is important we continue to monitor these changing border restrictions and stay active in the markets open to us.
The Premier also confirmed today that stand-up drinking is being considered from next week, timed alongside the introduction of QR codes for venues. I understand more work is being undertaken on this, in particular, in relation to density arrangements.
For small businesses and not-for-profits still hit hard by COVID-19, the State Government is offering a “further leg up” by extending the time in which eligible businesses can access its second round of the $10,000 cash grant.
The deadline extension – until 28 February 2021 – aims to enable small businesses significantly impacted by the 3-day circuit breaker to apply for the scheme. There is a $10,000 cash grant for eligible small businesses and not-for-profits; or $3,000 for small businesses which do not employ staff, including sole traders, but can demonstrate losses due to COVID-19. For more information and to apply for a grant, visit: treasury.sa.gov.au.
And in another boost for small business, the State Government will introduce new, permanent laws to allow bars, clubs and restaurants to deliver alcohol with meals.
Under the new laws, licensees will be able to sell either two bottles of wine, or one bottle of wine and a six-pack of beer, cider or pre-mixed spirits – with takeaway food. I encourage operators for who this applies, to review the new law and how you can maximise its potential. More details available here.
The SATC is continuing to promote our state through its digital channels, and on television interstate, and is working with the sector on recovery planning in the lead up to Christmas, the summer holidays and beyond.
I have spoken to many operators over the past week, and I fully understand the impacts of the “circuit breaker” on our tourism sector. Please know that everyone at the SATC is working towards what can be done to help the industry recover, rebuild and return to pre COVID record levels. I urge small businesses to consider their eligibility for the State Government's cash grant scheme.